DEA Mandates Significant Cuts in Opioid Painkiller Production

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The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) this week announced it is requiring significant cuts in the production of prescription opioids, HealthDay reports. By 2017 the amount of prescription opioids permitted to be manufactured in the United States will decrease by at least 25 percent.

Hydrocodone production will be cut by 34 percent, the DEA said in a news release. The agency noted that the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health released last month found 6.5 million Americans over the age of 12 used controlled prescription medicines non-medically during the past month, second only to marijuana and more than past-month users of cocaine, heroin, and hallucinogens combined.

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    Ginny Lovitt

    October 11, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    Glad to see this! People with legitimate long term pain relief needs don’t need to worry that they won’t be able to get them. There will still be PLENTY of opioids in this country. This reduction will hopefully just make them less rampant and give doctors pause when prescribing 100 oxycontins to a teenager who had a tooth pulled.

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    PJ Moe

    October 7, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    I wonder if the DEA understands that if I do not have access to my three narcon daily, I would not be able to work or actively participate in life. I have fibromyalgia, in need of two hip replacements, a knee replacement, arthritis, and spinal stenosis. I will have to go on disability and basically lay around all days in pain. I choose to have a happy and productive live.

    There are many who abuse narcotics, but, should the individuals who have never abuse their medication suffer? I do not doctor shop, buy them on the street, trade or barter for them. I think not. The MAPPS program can confirm my compliance.

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    October 6, 2016 at 8:11 PM

    Because of the misuse and abuse of responsibility and credibility as well as incompetence. The enforcement power of the D.E.A. should be removed and placed back into the hands of the state. A semi-secret elite police force within what is already a police state is way over the top. America does not need this throwback to the cold war era. These Federal offices have become a renegade haven of Authoritarian despots and tyrants commandeering and miss-directing hundreds of millions even billions into their drug war against citizens and likewise funding state police regimes both within the U.S. and worldwide.It is these federal agency’s that have created the drug problem solely to commandeer funding and as their power base. Over sixty percent of D.E.A. employees go to work for the pharmaceutical industry. These renegade authoritarians need to be controlled or removed.

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    October 6, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    The DEA can’t control the legalization of marijuana, so they restrict chronic pain medications, causing patients to suffer. Which in turn force them to use illicit drugs for pain control. Wake up America, DEA and drugs are making you stupid.

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